Blog Tour Giveaway, Review of A LADY’S CODE OF MISCONDUCT by Meredith Duran — just released!


a-ladys-code-of-misconduct-by-meredith-duranFrom the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of Fool Me Twice, the 2015 RITA Award Winner for Historical Romance

AND Luck Be a Lady, an RT Book Reviews Nominee for Best Book of 2015 Historical Novel

Title: A Lady’s Misconduct  Rules for the Reckless Series, Book 5
Title:
Meredith Duran
Published by:
Pocket Books
Published Date:
February 28, 2017
ISBN:
9781501139024
Price: $7.99

Praise for A Lady’s Code of Misconduct:

“Political intrigue and conspiracies abound in Duran’s engrossing fifth Rules for the Reckless Victorian romance (after Luck Be a Lady), which boasts plot twists galore…Duran is at the pinnacle of her craft as she weaves together humor, forgiveness, and love in a flawlessly executed plot. Jane, Crispin, and the rest of the characters are all well drawn, and the love scenes strike the perfect balance of steamy and sweet. Each layer in the story is suspenseful and delightful, making this the best installment so far.” Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

“A sham marriage, political intrigue, and a case of amnesia provide a backdrop for this absorbing Victorian romance. Although Duran (Luck Be a Lady, 2015, etc.) has written a novel as layered as an onion, the characters are well-drawn and the plot flawlessly executed. Add in some very steamy sex, and the fifth installment of Duran’s Rules for the Reckless series can’t help but delight. This book weaves its spell so thoroughly that the most fortunate reader will be the one who has time to read the entire thing in one sitting. A masterful tale of suspense, forgiveness, and love.” Kirkus STARRED REVIEW

 “Political intrigue drives a captivating historical romance…This Regency romance, part of the Rules for the Reckless series, is a smart love story, peopled with complex and absorbing characters.” BookPage, TOP PICK IN ROMANCE

About the Book:
USA TODAY  bestselling author Meredith Duran’s A LADY’S CODE OF MISCONDUCT is the fifth sizzling novel in the Rules for the Reckless series—a sexy and evocative Regency romance between a famous heiress and an infamous crime lord.

 A DEAL WITH the DEVIL…

Trapped in the countryside, facing an unwanted marriage and the theft of her fortune, Jane Mason is done behaving nicely. To win her freedom, she’ll strike a deal with the most dangerous man she knows—a rising star in politics, whose dark good looks mask an even darker heart.

 …NEVER GOES TO PLAN.

The bitter past has taught Crispin Burke to trust no one. He’ll gladly help a lovely young heiress, provided she pays a price. Yet when a single mistake shatters his life, it is Jane who holds the key to his salvation. And in a world that no longer makes sense, Crispin slowly realizes that she may be the only thing worth fighting for…

5-star-review

My Thoughts: Intense, riveting, painful and delightfully readable!

I haven’t read all of this series, but I’ve read enough that I knew I’d not be disappointed. When a story and writing style make me stop and reread certain thoughts, I’m on my way to being entrenched.  Here are some of the quotables:

A man cannot alter his very nature.

The machine of progress should not crush those most desperate for its boons.

Love does not last. Life steals it away.

Bravery can’t be purchased. … So where, then, should one look for it?

************

Throughout the story, Jane Mason is seeking out.  Out from the tyranny of an uncle who lives off of Jane’s inheritance.  Six years is a long time of cowering, denying the essence of who she is.  She needed to make them believe her docility, that she be beaten and totally manipulative.  But when cornered, the time right, she embarks on her escape.

Jane’s existence when her parents lived, made her an intelligent, wise and driven woman. Her mother, with her passionate charity work helped shape Jane.  Her father’s work in parliament and his sincere desire to see a better society for all, also greatly influenced Jane. Her life with her uncle has taught her the duplicity of man, political manuvering for gain of power, and an astute understanding of man’s hidden agenda.  She’s full of grit, determination and aspires to escape.  Her moment of decision comes, she takes it, and her journey to be truly free begins. But can she attain it?

Crispin Burke is her vehicle, albeit unbeknownst to him. He is a man who wants power and she freedom.  Both do whatever it takes to achieve their goals.

Jane has a hard time defining what freedom, however. Crispin and Jane both live by the motto, trust no one.  Will they be able to learn to trust each other? Survival may very well demand it.

Excerpt:

“I won’t run away from this,” she said slowly. “That wasn’t what I dreamed of. That isn’t…freedom.”

“There are many degress of freedom.” His glance fell to the paper. “I expect one doesn’t realize that until all of them are stripped away.”

******

This is a story perfectly plotted, a page-turner in every respect, characters intensely real with challenges seemingly insurmountable. Duran uses hook after hook to pull you into this captivating read.  Her turn of phrase, often poetic in its imagery, makes a delightful, entertaining and emotional read. A highly recommended series with this particularly book being fantastic!

 meredithduranauthorphoto848About the author: Meredith Duran is the author of ten previous novels, including The Duke of Shadows (winner of the Gather.com First Chapters Romance Writing Competition); Wicked Becomes You (included on the Woman’s World List of Best Beach Reads for Summer 2010), and the USA TODAY bestseller and RITA Award Winner Fool Me Twice. She blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history, and for convincing her that princely love is no prize if it doesn’t come with a happily-ever-after. She enjoys collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women. Visit her at MeredithDuran.com, on Twitter @meredithduran and Facebook AuthorMeredithDuran.

 

Reckless Reward:

The twenty starred blogs (*) below will giveaway one set (Reckless Reward!) of three autographed copies in the Rules for the Reckless series: Fool Me Twice, Lady Be Good, and Luck Be A Lady. You can enter on all participating sites, but you can only win once. To celebrate the fifth in the series, there will be five Reckless Reward giveaways per day beginning publication day, Tuesday, February 28th – Friday, March 3rd. U.S. only.

For a chance to win this great giveaway on my blog, please tell me what you like about my Booktalk with Eileen and what you think could use improvement!  If you haven’t visited my blog before, and unable to answer this question, then let me know what draws you to reading books of the Regency period.  Good luck to all participants! Giveaway stays open for two weeks from date of posting.

Blog Tour:

Bookaholics Romance Book Club INTERVIEW WITH MEREDITH DURAN and  GIVEAWAY

Sunday, February 26th
Nikbooklovers Blog

Monday, February 27th
Books for Her

Tuesday, February 28th
*The Romance Dish
*Canadian Book Addict
*Just Another New Blog
*Top 10 Romance Books
*Unabridged Chick
Buried Under Romance
Dear Author
Toot’s Book Reviews – Feature
Il Profumo delle Pergamene
Marvelous Things
My Book Addiction and More

Wednesday, March 1st
*Book Nerd
*Reviews by Crystal
*All About Romance
*Booktalk with Eileen
*We So Nerdy
Roses Are Blue
In the Hammock
Feeding My Addiction Book Reviews – Spotlight
Romance Book Reviews for You

Thursday, March 2nd
*I am, Indeed
*A Midlife Wife
*Literary Gossip
*Undeniably Book Nerdy
*Dew On The Kudzu
Books and Beauty Are My Bag
Ebook Obsessed
Abigail Books Addiction
Dirty Girl Romance – Spotlight
Bookhounds – Q&A
Authors on the Air Global Radio Network – An Interview with The Librarian, 9:00 pm ET
Authors on the Air Global Radio Network – Facebook Event

Friday, March 3rd
*Black ‘N Gold Girl’s Book Spot
*JoJo the Bookaholic
*Sportochick’s Musings
*The Reading Wench
*Got Fiction Book Blog
Cup of Tea and Book
The Reading Addict
Nicely Phrased
Ladeetda Reads
Silvatrend8553 Book Blog
Night Owl Reviews – Author Guest Post
Bookbitch

Saturday, March 4th
Passionate Encounters

Sunday, March 5th
My Little Book Corner

Monday, March 6th
Reading Frenzy – Spotlight
Bookish – Giveaway
Foreign Circus Library
Poof Books

Tuesday, March 7th
I Love Romance
Bookworm2bookworm – Spotlight, Excerpt, and Review
Dirty and Thirty
Wild Wordy Women
Polished Bookworm
Sammi’s Bookish Reality
Passionate Reads
Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh my!
Everyday Gyaan
Celtic Lady’s Reviews – Spotlight

Wednesday, March 8th
Moonlight Rendezvous
One More Chapter
All Things Bookaholic
Fresh Fiction – Spotlight

Thursday, March 9th
Happy Ever After Romance Book Reviews
The Book Junkie Reads
Three Boys and an Old Lady blog

 Friday, March 10th
Smitten by Books
Celtic Guardian
Reader Girls
Jathan & Heather

 

 

 

 

About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. My mission is to encourage people to see the treasures that lie between the pages. I enjoy conversing with authors, fellow bloggers who have anything to do with books and have a particular thrill seeing writers newly published.
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21 Responses to Blog Tour Giveaway, Review of A LADY’S CODE OF MISCONDUCT by Meredith Duran — just released!

  1. cheryl c. says:

    I am new here, but I like that you have a lot of book reviews. With so many book choices, it is so helpful to read reviews.

    • Thanks for stopping by and letting me hear from you.

      I love talking books! I enjoy so many genre and often take the opportunity to go outside my usual authors and genre to explore and appreciate new ones. You are entered into the giveaway!

  2. isisthe12th says:

    Hello Eileen, I love your choice of books, they always introduce me to new Authors and great reads. Thank you

  3. My Post for this tour is due Friday. I can hardly wait. I’ve read some very interesting takes on this book so far.

  4. Glenda says:

    This is my first visit to your blog, Eileen…. I clicked on the link for Meredith’s giveaway (i’ll be honest) I mostly read historical romance in part because I am a bit of a history geek and also because I read to relax at the end of the day — and sometimes during the day. Escaping to the past it a better escape and form of relaxation than reading about contemporary problems.

    • Welcome, Glenda! I understand about hoping to win a good book. I don’t blame you at all! You’ll be happy to know I read and review lots and lots of historical romance. I’m really partial to highland reads and love Medieval Historical Romance. I read a few contemporaries, but I’m right there with you about escaping into the past. Do you like time travel?

  5. lsureader says:

    This is the first time I’ve visited your blog. (I do enjoy Meredith’s books; I followed the blog tour here.) Historical romance is my favorite sub-genre of romance novels, whether they’re Regency or not. It offers a perfect combination of history and HEA. I’m looking forward to reading Meredith’s newest. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

  6. tracee says:

    I’m new too. I like that your review is sectioned into different parts (excerpts, thoughts, etc.) and does not just ramble on or just include a blurb lifted directly from the author.

    • This particular blog is longer than usual since it is part of a blog tour. But generally I try to keep it simple leaving the reader with some idea as to why I thought the read is worthwhile. Thanks for dropping by. You are entered into the drawing.

  7. Jackie Imai says:

    I love regency/ historical romances! I can’t wait to red it and I really hope I win!

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